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Citrus General Discussion / Washington navel wont flower
« on: August 14, 2022, 11:25:17 PM »
I have never posted in this section before wondering if anyone has any ideas. I live in the coastal tropics around 16 South latitude i planted a washington navel, emperor mandarin and myer lemon just over 2 years ago and a valencia orange 12months ago.  All of these trees are fruiting/flowering including the valenica orange at only 12months old except the washington navel.

My washington navel tree is actually the biggest and healthiest looking out of all these trees around 8ft high and wide but it will not flower?? Im very frustrated with it my myer lemon of the same age is absolutely loaded with lemons right now and my valencia is loaded with its first flowers but this big thick trunked Washington navel is doing nothing?

Should i stop fertilising it? Maybe its just too happy growing?  What normally triggers a navel to flower? I average 3000mm of rain a year it is in a full sun position as are all my citrus?  What time of the year would/should a navel fruit in my location?

thanks for any help

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Durio Macrantha
« on: March 14, 2022, 08:22:54 PM »
Anyone on here got anything available seeds or trees?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Longan variety for tropics
« on: February 08, 2022, 06:35:01 PM »
Did a search here and seems longans might be a better chance of fruiting reliably in the tropics than lychee.  I prefer the taste of lychee but here 16 South lychee is extremely unreliable and can go many years in between fruiting in some cases.  Can anyone recommend or advise if longan will perform reliably in my area and if so what cultivar would perform? I see diamond river mentioned are there any others preferable ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ilama tree width
« on: January 27, 2022, 05:49:15 PM »
Looking for some info on those growing Ilama trees from seeds how wide do these trees get in a tropical environment with high rainfall.  I can only see references on google that they grow 7m high but nothing anywhere as to how wide they get.  Looking to work out some spacing.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Durian Suluk
« on: January 18, 2022, 12:09:12 AM »
WTB durian SULUK seeds

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Your 2021 Rainfall totals
« on: December 30, 2021, 05:42:00 PM »
thought it would be interesting to see what sorta rainfall totals we all got around the world for those who record it.  In my yard for 2021 i got 3120mm or approx 123 inches.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / First sugar apples less than 12months old
« on: October 05, 2021, 06:44:18 PM »
Was inspecting my trees yesterday and almost fell over when i saw what seems to be tiny little fruits forming on one of my sugar apple trees, this tree has been in the ground well less than 12 months and is around 50-60cm high!!!!! This seems extremely fast has anyone else seen this?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Suluk seeds
« on: July 27, 2021, 05:29:22 AM »
Looking for suluk seeds preferably from suluk king

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya ID please
« on: July 22, 2021, 09:49:27 PM »





Fruit weighed 830grams and tastes unbelievable, had approx 20-25 seeds. Can anyone ID this variety based on the pictures??

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / NDM vs Maha chanok
« on: July 20, 2021, 12:45:39 AM »
So i thought i had better plant a few mango trees, keep in mind i dont have access to all the fancy varieties you have in florida and I also live in a place much more humid and wet then florida.  I have a NDM already and have access to maha and keow savoy.  Should I plant a maha are they different enough to NDM to warrant a tree?  Anything else to know about NDM and Maha ?? I believe these are from thailand and most likely a better suit to my climate.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Reverse zone push
« on: July 03, 2021, 10:04:19 PM »
So this forum is full of people pushing warm plants into cold areas I have the reverse problem and looking for some advice.

So today I tried an atemoya for the first time and it was just sensational not sure on the variety but itís like a huge sugar apple with hardly any seeds. I must grow this fruit.

My research has led me to believe that the atemoya is more suitable to sub tropics. I live in the true tropics can I have a chance of success with atemoya? Is there anyone else in lowland tropics who has had success?

I have a section on my property next to a creek that keeps day time temperatures approx 2-3 C cooler than surrounding area. Would this be the best spot to have a chance to fruit or do they need full sun all day? Along the creek gets sun from about 10-11 am until late arvo.

Any other advice or tips on how I can reverse zone push the atemoya I must have this fruit

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cyclone/Hurricane proof fruit trees
« on: June 07, 2021, 07:05:52 PM »
Need some advice from those who have been through cyclones and hurricanes.  Im wanting to know which trees have stood up to significant hurricanes.  I have a section along the boundary of my house where I want to plant some fruit trees that are extremely resilient to coming down in cyclones.  This section of my house the trees will be 6-8 metres away from my house so i need trees that wont come down on my roof.

Im thinking of planting a rollinia along here can anyone comment on the cyclone resistance of rollinia grown from seedling? How about illama? Any other trees that you have had survive a cyclone or hurricane.

thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Foliar Micro-nutrients
« on: May 16, 2021, 07:08:33 PM »
Can anyone recommend a good foliar fertiliser for micro nutrients and trace elements preferably in Australia?  Im already using powerfeed and seasol for foliar but i dont believe either of these are for micros.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fish frames as fertilizer
« on: May 05, 2021, 09:39:05 PM »
I go fishing a lot and have lots of fish frames that i throw in the rubbish would these be off good use to put around my fruit trees or is it too strong for the plants to handle?

If it is a good idea for fertilizer would it be better to bury them around the trees? Leaving them on the surface will probably attract pigs etc

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya pinks mammoth and African Pride
« on: March 24, 2021, 08:08:34 PM »
Can anyone confirm how these perform in the tropics? From what I have read they are more subtropical and in the tropics will produce much vegetative growth with not much fruit?  I already have the standard purple custard/sugar apples growing and would like to add these atemoya.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: March 18, 2021, 12:07:49 AM »
This is the tropical fruit forum and the Durian is undisputed KING, i see very little discussion on Durian and much discussion on mangoes (2nd rate fruit).  Who are growing durians out there? What is your favourite?  Are kampung Durian worth growing to you or will you only grow clones?  How difficult are Durian to grow in your area?

We have great trouble accessing clones here, my observations with seedlings is that they are very very easy to get started and appear quite hardy to me.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How far away can you smell a durian tree???
« on: February 15, 2021, 09:07:19 PM »
So im sussing out the perfect spots on my property to plant durian trees, i dont mind the smell at all but my wife started dry reaching at the smell when i bought a durian into the house.  I have a very good spot approx 30m upwind of our house to plant them on slight slope.  I dont want to go putting plants there only to wait 10 years then have my wife complaining that she can smell them from the house and have to cut the trees down.  Is 30m upwind to close?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Flood tolerance of Durian
« on: February 11, 2021, 08:56:48 PM »
I know Durian are not tolerant of wet feet or areas where water lies.  My question is can during handle flooding for a short period 24-48hours? I have read that people in india plant them along river banks which surely must flood.  Im trying to work out where on my property i will plant durian and one of the places is along a steep section of river bank that will occasionally flood but never stays wet due to being steep.  Can anyone on this forum confirm the short term flood tolerance of Durian?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help me plant out my orchard
« on: February 09, 2021, 01:06:48 AM »
Thought this might be fun to see what people would choose to plant out on a new block.  Have approx 2.5 acres to work with in tropical nth qld where anything can be grown.  Approx 3000mm of rainfall a year.  This is a list of what i currently have in ground, what would you add to it?

2x lemon myer i think
1x dwarf mandarin
1 x navel orange
1x strawberry guava
3x rambuatan
1x achacha
1x abiu
2x pulasan
2xmangosteen
1x red jaboticaba hybrid

(have 2x avacado seedling trees to go in the ground soon as well along with papaya.

What kind of rare fruits should i add?  On my certain list is russels garcinia, lucs garcinia, long kong, NDM mango

What about fruits such as chempadek, maprang etc i have never tried these fruits are they worth planting?  Anything else i must have, i know im missing lychee im holding off on them for now they are a serious attractant for birds and bats around here but they are the best tasting fruit so i will probably plant one or two anyway.

Please add to my list of must haves

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Musang King Australia
« on: February 01, 2021, 01:22:46 AM »
hi just wondering if there are any aussies who may read this forum who have contacts to get a musang king tree or seeds??

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Foliar fertiliser
« on: January 31, 2021, 08:22:49 PM »
Im using a product called powerfeed its a liquid fertliser im not sure if this is available in the US but im sure you have much the same thing.  Im using this on a weekly basis not sure of this is too much but my plants are thriving on it.  My mangosteens which were planted in ground in september last year have more than doubled in size.  Rambutans and other trees are also responding well to it.  I have also been using blood and bone fertilizer.  I cut out the chemical fertlizer on these trees as they seem to be sensitive to it.  Im pushing these trees especially the mangosteens hard i want to see if i can get them to fruit in 6 years.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / DURIAN IN AUSTRALIA
« on: January 20, 2021, 11:04:18 PM »
So Ive come to the conclusion that finding grafted durian for sale in Australia is close enough to impossible not to bother. I have scoured local markets and talked to quite a few people and it seems nearly everything is grown from seed.  The one commercial guy i talked to who has grafted culitvar varities basically said farmers keep these grafted cultivars close to their chest and graft trees for themselves and not to sell.  I live in the mecca for exotic tropical fruit in AUS and i even called a local famous nursery who created its own durian cultivar "limberlost" and they dont even sell the limberlost variety let alone a grafted tree all they could offer was a monthong seedling!!!!  generally when you ask people who are selling durian what cultivar is it the dont have a clue and say it was grown from seed.

So my next question is if i start buying these durian at the markets of known cultivars and plant the seeds am I likely to get true fruit or is it going to be garbage??

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / pruning young rambutan
« on: January 20, 2021, 09:05:48 PM »
My seedling rambutan trees are around 1.2-1.5m tall and skinny.  Is it ok to cut them back to .7 or so of a metre to get them to thicken up and not grow so tall in the same way that mango trees are pruned when young to shape them and keep them smaller?  Can i also do this with my abiu and other tropical fruit trees?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / mangosteen leaves burnt
« on: November 18, 2020, 07:00:45 PM »
hi so im very aware that young mangosteens need to be protected from the full sun.  I have two planted one under 50% shade cloth and one under 30% shade cloth.  I was watering them yesterday and noticed the one under 30% shade cloth has leaves that look badly sunburnt and have gone brown!!!!  The one under the 50% shade cloth is doing much better but i noticed a very very very slight burning on it was well.  At the moment we are being pounded with day after day of hot weather 33-34C + with the wet season not giving in yet, do you think it will be too late for the plant with 30% shade cloth?? Once the leaves are burnt is the plant done or can it bounce back??  I have 70% shade cloth available but wont bother putting it on unless the plant has a chance of comeback?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rambutan seedlings VS Marcots
« on: October 29, 2020, 07:52:31 PM »
So I have 3x rambutan trees that were grown from seedlings unsure of variety, i have also been able to get my hands on a yellow rambutan marcot (unsure of variety possinly R156??) which i will soon add.  I understand that marcots and grafted trees are preffered by most on this forum for most fruit types.

This will be a good experiment on my own property to see the difference in growth rate and time to fruit etc between a seedling rambutan and a marcott grown under the same conditions.  My question is how variable are my seedling trees likely to be??? I realise i will find this answer out myself in quite a few years but wonder if anyone has already been down this road who can give me an answer.

I believe there are some advantages to a seedling tree whilst living in the cyclone belt they are supposedly stronger and more resilant to many things.

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